Graham Dolphin RIP
Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin
18 May – 6 July
Lora Reynolds is pleased to announce RIP, an exhibition of new work by Graham Dolphin.
This is the artist's first solo presentation at Lora Reynolds Gallery. The show includes
sculpture, graphite drawings, and ink drawings on found newspapers.
Each piece in this exhibition explores the absence of a specific, well-loved public figure after
he or she has passed away: several musicians, an American politician, and a member of the
British Royal Family.
The sculptural objects in the show are reproductions of memorials created by fans. Dolphin's
source material is often a de facto memorial: an otherwise unremarkable object that fans have
covered in commemorative graffiti because of its proximity to where a famous individual died.
One such piece aggressively bisects the gallery space: a full-size reproduction of an urban wooden
fence from Dealey Plaza, where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The piece obstructs
a unified view of the gallery and corrals the viewer through the space. It is large, imposing, and
appears old and weathered. The artificially aged wood and metal carry wheatpaste stickers and
overlapping, scrawling slogans of varying degrees of legibility—a visual cacophony of remembrance.
Each of the three large graphite drawings in the show is of the sky seen through a window. Dolphin
imagines these images might have been what three specific but unnamed musicians saw the moment
before their deaths. Because the drawings depict only part of a window, the window frames might not
read as such upon first glance. Paradoxically, they lend the pieces both a personal sense of place and
an element of stony, formal abstraction.
Dolphin's sculptures and drawings are meticulously crafted. The intensity of technical attention
he devotes to his work is perhaps analogous to the intensity of fans' attachments to celebrities.
The emotional charge of these one-sided, fan-celebrity relationships remains intact despite Dolphin's
detached, obsessive approach to art-making. Dolphin's process-driven works are reflections of how
we engage with contemporary culture.
British artist Graham Dolphin was born in 1972 and lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Dolphin has had solo shows at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (England), the BALTIC
Centre for Contemporary Art (England), and the Växjö Konsthall (Sweden). He has participated
in group shows at institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (Finland)
and Turner Contemporary (England). His work is included in the collections of the Middlesbrough
Institute of Modern Art, Museum Wiesbaden (Germany), the Zabludowizc Collection (London),
and the David Roberts Art Foundation (London).
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Fence (JFK Version), 2013
Wood, metal, ink, marker pen, tippex, tape, dirt, crayon, paper, spray paint, graphite
Last View, 2013, Last View, 2013
Graphite on paper.
210 x 90cm
Polystyrene, plaster, ink, graphite, spray paint, chalk, glue.
60 x 40 x 10cm
Stones (For Blind Lemon Jefferson), 2013 Detail
Plaster, ink, graphite. Dimensions variable